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By Hannah Mosley
web posted May 22, 2013

GUEST COLUMN – Forgiveness - That's the word that comes to mind when reflecting on Kermit Gosnell's actions. In the midst of considering how wretched, disgusting, and abhorrent I believe Gosnell's actions to be, I stopped and though back to last summer after the shooting in CO when I had similar thoughts and feelings. Human life is so precious; it is something I individually have come to value increasingly as I've done pro-life work over the past few months and seen the effects abortion has on both the unborn and those left living.

Honestly, I don't believe there to be a difference between the actions of Gosnell and the hundreds of abortionists across the nation taking the lives of the unborn daily. Life is life. How is either better than the other? Of course this may sound rash for one to say, and understandably, at first—but when we truly value all human life, we fail to see the difference in any violation of human life.

When stories like these surface and hit headlines it is a reflex not only to become angered, but to become hateful. Its easy to say "I would NEVER..." But in these moments we so often forget the grace we've undeservingly received. No, most of us will never be in Gosnell's shoes. Most will never commit crimes as heinous (in our eyes) as he has.

We all must live with the choices we make. Kermit Gosnell will live every day in punishment for his actions, rightfully so. Yet, I have resolved to forgive. It is not out of a sense of duty or obligation, certainly not because he deserves forgiveness. But when you value life, it isn't just the body that we love and see as precious, but the soul; even the vilest.

Through the deepest offense, pain, and anger, I only hope and pray the same for Gosnell as I do for any man—That he will one day feel the weight of his actions, but that through despair he would find true forgiveness, redemption, and eternal mercy as I did.

Not because either of us deserves it, but because of "Amazing Grace."

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